Hot Links: Grants, Temples, and Ear-Biting Cabbies

The federal government has awarded a $54 million grant to Arizona for the expansion and creation of charter schools. The state plans to open up to 92 new campuses...The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints plans to build two temples in the Valley, one in Phoenix and one in Gilbert. The temple in Gilbert will sit upon 21 acres...A Franciscan priest and a Quaker were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border near Tucson. The Pima County Sheriff's Office says the two refused to stop praying at a construction site for a virtual border fence...A cab driver in Chandler foiled a robbery attempt by biting the ear of his would-be robber and taking his gun. After a struggle, the suspect fled and was later arrested by police...The University of Arizona has canceled talks with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center about jointly creating a cancer center downtown. St. Joseph's has partnered with Creighton University School of Medicine instead, leaving UA to look for a new downtown partner...And former Shadow Mountain High School teacher Thomas Krepelka, charged with having sex with a student, has changed his plea to "guilty" after another student came forward claiming she also had sex with him. 

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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